There is no denying that despite Manchester United’s lofty position in the Premier League (4th at the moment sitting only 2 points behind the leaders) and their decent chances of qualifying for the knockout phases of the Champions League, that the team is lacking some firepower upfront in the goal-scoring department. The strike force has been pretty weak on the goal front with Wayne Rooney only scoring 7 goals in his 18 appearances for his club, Anthony Martial has only 5 goals in his 14 appearances and James Wilson has yet to hit the back of the net in his only appearance. Martial of course has played on the wing a number of times so his goal output is understandable to some extent.
Some pundits and media have suggested that Louis Van Gaal made a mistake when letting Chicharito leave for Bayer Leverkusen for a very modest £12 million at the start of the season. It is not only the pundits and writers who think that LVG made an error in letting the Mexican marksman leave United as ESPN report. Indeed David De Gea believes that United would be much better if they still had Javier Hernandez in their ranks as he has banged in 10 goals in his 14 appearances in all competitions for his new German club. When asked about why his good friend had been overlooked by Louis Van Gaal and before him David Moyes, the Spanish goalkeeper said, “I don’t know. These are decisions for the coach. But in my team he would always play. He was an undisputed starter before and player of the year at United. He can get you 20, 30 goals a season. I would like a lot to play with him again, hopefully it can happen.”
We tend to agree that United should have kept Chicharito after he returned from his season in Madrid especially after they sold Robin Van Persie to Fenerbahçe, it left few options upfront for the manager. When you consider his red-hot form in Germany, it certainly looks like the Mexican striker is going all out to show LVG that he made a mistake. Hopefully, Martial and Rooney do not suffer from injuries in the second half of the season or United will definitely rue their decision to sell Javier Hernandez and lose his regular return of goals.